Marie-Luise Kanbach (née Arlt) graduated from Leipzig University with a Master's degree in April 2017 and joined the Innovation Financing Unit as a research associate in May. Before joining the unit permanently, she had already worked there as a research assistant for two years. Her academic qualifications include a degree in economics (B.Sc.), a degree in economics and business education (B.Sc.) and a degree in business management (M.Sc.) with a focus on financing. Whilst at university, Ms Kanbach also focused particularly on the areas of innovation management and entrepreneurship and has already gained some first practical experiences in this area. Ms Kanbach spent some time in the USA and Russia, which allowed her to increase her expertise in her chosen field and to gain valuable experiences. As a research associate, she is currently involved in two applied research projects that focus on matching innovators with the right venture capital providers and on alternative innovation exploitation instruments.